|1st||15:38||BGS||1-0||EV||Brandon Kruse (7)||Mitchell McLain/12, Tyler Spezia/5|
|2nd||15:50||FSU||1-1||PP||Jason Tackett (2)||Joe Rutkowski/13, Trevor Recktenwald/6|
|OT||12:05||BGS||2-1||EV GW||Brandon Kruse (8)||Mitchell McLain/13, Tyler Spezia/6|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||OT||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Ferris State (14-22-1)||1/6||6/12||0|
|Bowling Green (21-10-6)||0/6||6/12||0|
|Ferris State Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Darren Smith (L, 8-11-1)||72:05||2||20||24||9||9||62|
|Bowling Green Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||OT||Saves|
|Ryan Bednard (W, 13-6-4)||72:05||1||11||6||10||7||34|
BOWLING GREEN, Oh. - The Bowling Green State University hockey team certainly picked a convenient time to win its first overtime game of the 2017-18 season. In the Falcons' opening game of the 2018 Western Collegiate Hockey Association Playoffs, Brandon Kruse's goal 12:05 into the first extra frame gave BGSU a 2-1 victory over Ferris State and a key 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. Kruse powered home both goals, while Mitch McLain and Tyler Spezia earned assists on each score. The initial goal came 15:36 into the first period, and the Falcons carried that for a full 20 minutes. However, the Bulldogs tied the game with 4:10 left in the second, and neither team could dent the scoreboard further during regulation. BGSU's offense attempted 64 shots, the team's most in 26 years. They are now 21-10-6 overall and 10-4-5 at home. Before tonight, they had been 0-1-6 this season in overtime.
- Period 1 | 15:38 -- After peppering Bulldog goaltender Darren Smith throughout the first period, the Falcons finally made it pay off with a Brandon Kruse shot from just outside the top of the crease. Tyler Spezia and Mitch McLain fought for a loose puck on the boards behind the net, and McLain managed to knock it back towards Kruse. Kruse managed to corral it, hesitated, then fired a wrist shot high into the net for his seventh goal of the season.
- 1st Overtime | 12:05 -- As the first overtime period began to wind down, the Falcons forced a turnover in their defensive zone that created a 2-on-1 breakaway. Mitch McLain took the puck down the right side with Brandon Kruse accompanying him on the left. McLain attempted a shot that ricocheted off Smith, and Kruse found the rebound. His shot soared past a diving Smith and into the net, handing BGSU the victory.
- BGSU's overtime victory was their first since March 10, 2017 at Bemidji State. That 4-3 victory came in Game 1 of their second-round WCHA playoff series; the Falcons swept the series 24 hours later with a 2-1 win.
- The last overtime playoff win at home for the Falcons was March 13, 2015 against Northern Michigan (4-3) in Game 1 of the first round. The team swept with a 4-1 win the following night.
- The Falcons are now 15-4 in first round playoff games during Chris Bergeron's eight seasons as head coach.
- BGSU's 64 shots on goal are the most by the team since 62 on Jan. 18, 1992. The Falcons won 8-3 at Ferris State in that contest.
- The Falcons took 21 shots on goal in the first period to tie their season-best. In the second period, they set a new season record with 24 more.
- Freshman Brandon Kruse tallied two goals for the first multi-goal game of his career. He now has eight goals in his debut season, and the team is 5-1-2 when he scores.
- Kruse, who is second on the team with 33 points, has a five game points streak. He has at least one in ten of his last 11 games and four multi-point games in his last ten.
- Senior Mitch McLain scored two assists and has 13 this season. It is his first multi-assist game of the season and fifth of his career.
- McLain attempted a career-high 11 shots on goal. Max Johnson's eight shots on goal were also a career high.
- McLain now has five assists in the last two postseasons and ten career postseason points.
- Senior Tyler Spezia also posted two assists for his first multi-assist game of the season and seventh of his career.
- Spezia is now on a six-game postseason points streak after earning a point in all five playoff games last season.
- Spezia has seven career playoff assists, all in the last two seasons, and ten career playoff points.
- Bowling Green blocked 18 shots, led by three from Sam Craggs. A total of 12 Falcons had at least one.
- Ferris State attempted 35 shots, and Ryan Bednard turned away 34. The 34 saves are a career high for Bednard.
- The Falcons were 0-for-6 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
- BGSU held a 44-35 edge on faceoffs, with McLain winning 19 and Connor Ford adding 12 more.
- Chris Pohlkamp played in his 100th career game tonight.
- The Falcons have won five in a row against the Bulldogs and 12 of the past 15 meetings in the series.
- Bowling Green and Ferris State will drop the puck on Game Two of their first-round WCHA Playoff series at 7:07 p.m. tomorrow night (March 3) at the Slater Family Ice Arena. BGSU will attempt to win their eighth consecutive first round series; a win would provide the team with its fourth sweep in that span. Their most recent opening-round sweep was last season, also at home against the Bulldogs.